Tara is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, working with children, adolescents, and parents since 2010. Tara offers a warm, compassionate, and non-judgemental space, using both talking therapy and more creative means of exploring the inner world. This might include working with art materials, sand tray, and play, as well as more body-based approaches such as mindfulness. Tara’s way of working is relational, using the therapeutic relationship as the vehicle for change, and Tara is skilled at making links with children and young people, finding a modality that works for the individual and allows them to feel safe and contained in the therapeutic space.
Tara also enjoys working with parents, providing a supportive environment for them to think about parenting issues, and empowering them in improving their relationships with their children.
As an integratively trained psychotherapist, Tara draws on a range of theoretical frameworks, including psychodynamic theory, neuroscience, and attachment. Tara has a special interest in trauma, and is trained in EMDR, an evidence based intervention recommended by the NICE guidelines for post-traumatic stress disorder, that can also be applied to treat specific phobias and anxieties.
In addition to a busy individual caseload at the Therapeutic Consultants, Tara also manages the SE London clinic, looking after incoming referrals, including initial triage, working as part of the multidisciplinary team, and holding case management responsibility for cases across the clinic. Previously, Tara has worked in primary and secondary schools, including as the team lead within a NHS-funded mental health support team, as well as in other settings including a bereavement service based in a hospice and a residential eating disorders unit for adolescents. Tara has also co-facilitated a parent group at a democratic school, offered clinical supervision for school leaders, and taught on a counselling training.
Tara is a full clinical member of the UKCP, and approved as a private practitioner by a number of insurance companies, including AXA, Aviva and Cigna.
BA Hons in Psychology, MRes in Informatics (with Distinction), MA in Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (with Merit).